We made a fire pit in the front yard (because duh), enjoyed dinners on the deck (including lobster!), and ran and biked on the many dirt roads and trails surrounding the pond. Sully even made his own dig pit in the driveway. That kid loves dirt!
We did a family hike (ie about two miles) in Camden Hills State Park. What a beautiful place. We'll have to go back when the kids are a little older. Cece did so great, she has really enjoyed hiking this summer, which is awesome. Sully was a little tired and made me carry him the whole way. Oh well, a little more exercise for me!
On one of our vacation days we visited the Camden Snow Bowl, taking the chair lift up to the top and hiking down. At first, Cece didn't want to go on the "lift chair" but once she saw all of us do it, she agreed to ride with Grandpa to the top. It was a slooooow ride and it took at least 20 minutes to get the the top. Sully was into it for the first 4 minutes and then spent the next 16 fighting me, struggling to get loose from my death grip (we were 20 feet in the air, it wasn't going to be pretty if I let go). So, needless to say, I was happy to hike down, even if it meant carrying Sully the whole way.
We made several day trips to the small town of Camden. What a cool little town. Classic New England. Lots of shops and restaurants. We took an "Eco-tour" out of Camden Harbor to explore Penobscot Bay. We saw porpoise, sea birds, seals and of course, lobsters. Summit even got to come along.
We took a day trip to Acadia National Park. You need more than one day to really see Acadia in all its glory, but we did the best with the time we had. It was an absolute spectacular day. We went up to the top of Cadillac Mountain and drove the auto road around the main loop of the park, stopping at several different scenic areas along the way.
It was such a great week and lots of fantastic family time. There's no place like Maine in the summer. That's why it's called Vacationland!